M. D. ANDERSON CANCER CENTER ACQUIRES LEKSELL GAMMA KNIFE PERFEXION FOR TARGETED BRAIN LESION TREATMENTS

Press Release Stockholm, Sweden, February 25, 2008 The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center (Houston, Texas) will add Elekta's Leksell Gamma Knife® Perfexion™, an advanced radiosurgery device specifically designed to treat one or more lesions in the head in a single session, to their radiation oncology department.

“Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion suits our clinical needs,” says Eric Chang, M.D., Director of M. D. Anderson’s Central Nervous System Stereotactic Radiation Program. “The device will be used initially to treat primary brain and skull base tumors as well as single and multiple brain metastases in a single session.”

Designed to extend the system’s reach down to the level of the skull base and cervical spine, Perfexion is scheduled to be delivered to M. D. Anderson by March 2009 and should be operational by mid-2009, he adds.

“Elekta is committed to supporting radiosurgery and neuro-oncology by providing highly refined tools that support specific clinical objectives, yet share a common foundation in terms of image and information management,” says Joseph K. Jachinowski, President and CEO of Elekta North America. “The result is a complete line of stereotactic treatment solutions designed to meet the goals of any type of radiosurgery program.”